ˈwȯr-ē-ər How to pronounce warrior (audio)
 also  ˈwär-yər
often attributive
: a person engaged or experienced in warfare
broadly : a person engaged in some struggle or conflict
poverty warriors

Example Sentences

a proud and brave warrior a program of tough training and discipline that turns untried civilians into warriors
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Word History


Middle English werreour, from Anglo-French *werreier, guerreier, from warreier, guerreier to wage war, from werre war — more at war

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of warrior was in the 14th century

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“Warrior.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warrior. Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


war·​rior ˈwȯr-yər How to pronounce warrior (audio)
: a person who is or has been in warfare

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